When Kristen Balouch was 10 years old, her parents made a surprising announcement: their whole family was going on a trip to plant trees! Kristen, her sisters, and her mom and dad — and their pet, Wonder Dog — flew from their California home to a logging site in British Columbia. There, they joined a crew working to replant the trees that had been cut down.
In One Million Trees, Kristen reflects on the forty days they spent living in a tent, covered in mud and bug bites, working hard every day to plant a new forest. Young readers will learn a little French, practice some math skills, and learn all about how to plant a tree the right way. The story about her family planting millions of trees — yes, it's true! — ends with a modern-day look at what Kristen's family helped accomplish: a stand of huge trees growing on what used to be an empty, muddy patch of bare stumps.
This timely book, which includes information on deforestation, sustainable logging practices, and the irreplaceable environmental benefit of old growth forests (and the amazing things even a small group of people can do when they work together) is bound to inspire kids to get their hands dirty to make our planet healthy!
"The simply written, straightforward text is rich with interesting information, offering nature-based math puzzles, a step-by-step tree-planting diagram, and French minilessons seamlessly woven into the narrative. Short asides featuring inside stories and snippets of intimate conversation between the young narrator and her family members appear in smaller print alongside the main text. The digital illustrations — rendered in a naïve art style — are busy, making for detailed spreads that beg to be pored over; they also capture the British Columbia landscape, including its distinctive flora and fauna." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Publication Date||Mar 1, 2022|
|Publisher||Margaret Ferguson Books|